2023 Acura Integra Preview
For a few years now, Acura has been talking about getting back to its “precision crafted performance” roots. And there’s no deeper Acura root than the Integra. So, as surprising as it might be that a 2023 Acura Integra is returning to the automaker’s U.S. lineup, it isn’t. In fact, it makes total sense.
One of two nameplates Acura introduced when it launched as Honda’s luxury brand for the 1986 model year, the Integra immediately established itself as a Japanese version of the vaunted BMW 3 Series. Supplying the same light, lithe, and connected feel of a good European car combined with angular styling, unusual pop-up headlights, and a useful hatchback design – all backed by Honda’s reputation for reliability – the original Integra spawned an instant fan base.
And then, following the brilliance of the third-generation 2001 Acura Integra Type R, came the RSX, which was a fine Integra except for its name. And then came the ILX, and the less said about it the better.
We know what the new 2023 Integra will be: small and fun. If it’s not, Acura will face stiff criticism for daring to bring back the Integra nameplate and applying it to a car that is not up to snuff. But what form will it take? Will it be a two-door coupe to replace the now-departed Honda Civic Si coupe? Will it be a five-door hatchback, mirroring one configuration of the original Integra? Or will it be a four-door sedan, like the ancient ILX it will replace?
More than likely, the new 2023 Acura Integra will share its platform and architecture with the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic. Which is fine, because that’s quite a nice little car. It’s a good bet that it will wear the design language seen on the latest Acura TLX, too. Which is also fine, because the TLX is a handsome machine. But, while all-wheel drive wasn’t on the menu for the original Integra, an all-new one should definitely get some torque-vectoring, Super Handling AWD goodness as an option.
We won’t need to wait long to see what’s what. In a matter of months, the 2023 Acura Integra will go on sale, though exact timing at this writing is unknown. All Acura will say is that it’s a “compact premium entrant” and will have a “2022 introduction.”
Fingers crossed that it’s not a crossover. Can you imagine?
Acura and the author’s educated guesswork are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate as of August 26, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.